Monday, 16 April 2012

Easy Weight Loss with Soup

Everyone wants to lose weight and be fit, but to those just starting their epic journey will have to face the first hurdle - their diet.

Not diet as in 'management of portions' or getting sucked in to the latest diet fad/book but just what to eat.
NO to canned soup

YES to home-made soup

So why 'Soup' you may ask, well undoubtedly it's a no-brainer. I really mean that, for it's cheap, easy to make and oh so delicious. Plus, the ability to experiment with how you want your soup to taste is VERY enticing.

Here's the low-down: The more often you eat soup, the more likely you are to shrink your waist, lose weight, and lower your total body fat (BMI). Partly because of soup, being the liquidy food that it is, will make you feel fuller for less. That's all according to recent research confirming previous soup-slimming studies. You'll also cut your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and health hazards that come with belly fat and excess weight - all because soup makes you feel fuller on fewer calories.

You don't have to know a thing about cooking to make great soup. Here's a 3-step soup-for-dummies secret that I've used:
  1. Fill a pot with water and turn on the heat. How ya' doing so far?
  2. Throw a variety of coloured vegetables: carrots, celery, red peppers, onions, garlic, and any other firm ones first. Then add tomatoes, dark greens, zucchini, whatever. All are chock-full of nutrients, with almost zero calories and fat. Enrich the flavour and up the protein with beans (fibre plus flavour), chicken, or fish.
  3. Be adventurous with spices. Cayenne and hot peppers, rich in capsaicin, not only rev up the flavour but even help you burn fat a little faster, too.
  4. [Optional] Experimentation is awesome. Don't just follow what you read, experiment with different veggies, spices and meats to have your own 'personalised soup' if you have to. But always remember to keep things in moderation.

1 comment:

  1. Hm, the soup diet is a good idea. But I need to know HOW to make a good soup :(